How to Choose the Thickness of your Kitchen Worktops4 min read

You have chosen the kitchen style and all the other little details that contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of your space, but are left wondering what thickness you should go with your kitchen worktops? The thickness of your kitchen worktop plays an important role in defining your kitchen style as well as its practicality.

Below we explore the importance of how each of the thicknesses influences the design of your kitchen. Are you ready to choose your dream kitchen worktop? Discover each of our stone materials and find the perfect match for your kitchen’s unique character. Your worktop journey will start with choosing your worktop and then your chosen thickness. Our team at Cawdor Stone Gallery will help you make the right choice, your kitchen will not only look stunning but also serve you for many years to come. Let’s embark on this journey together.

What’s the importance of the thickness of a worktop?

The different thickness options are there to achieve various design styles and serve different practical purposes in the home. It all depends on the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve with what thickness you choose. For example, a slimmer worktop is best suited to a modern kitchen design, and a thicker worktop can marry perfectly with an industrial style.

It’s good to know the available options when it comes to the planning of your kitchen design as each worktop will come in standard thicknesses. Consider the overall design of the space, including cabinetry, flooring and other elements, to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing room.

For example, Caesarstone’s porcelain worktops come in 12mm, which makes them the ideal surface for contemporary and minimalist designs, creating a sense of spaciousness and a clean, uncluttered appearance.

Other materials such as quartz are available in two standard thicknesses: 20mm and 30mm. The two different options are versatile and both suited to modern and traditional homes.

The ultimate worktop edge

You have fallen in love with a particular design but it only comes in a 12mm thickness and you like the look of a thick worktop. Fear not, you can still achieve the thicker worktop of your dreams. The worktop will be designed with a mitred edge to get the worktop depth you require.

A mitred edge is a special technique that creates the illusion of thicker worktop material, expertly joined together at a precise angle creating a seamless, continuous appearance in different sections of the worktop. This type of edge profile contributes to a more modern and sleek aesthetic.

Now, how to choose?

Consider the following factors for achieving your desired worktop in your kitchen design.

What’s your kitchen style?

We ask you what your kitchen style is to determine the appropriate worktop thickness for your kitchen. Is it a sleek, modern look with clean lines or a more traditional, rustic design?

A 12mm worktop is an excellent choice for a sleek and modern kitchen design. The thin profile complements a modern aesthetic but still shows off the beautiful design of the worktop.

As previously stated, 20mm and 30mm thick worktops are incredibly versatile and can be designed into various kitchen styles. Opting for the thicker worktops allows you to build an overhang on a breakfast bar.

The durability of your kitchen surfaces

The thickness of your kitchen worktop contributes significantly to the durability of your surfaces. This means, thicker worktops are seen as more of a robust choice that can withstand all the challenges that a bustling kitchen creates. Is your kitchen busy? Do you have a large household? Do you cook frequently? All these points might sway you in the direction of opting for a thicker worktop to meet the demands of daily use.

However, if you have your heart set on a thinner worktop such as Porcelain, there are certainly some effective ways to enhance its durability. One approach is to consider using a substrate to provide extra support. Mount it onto your cabinetry with an extra ply to offer the necessary reinforcement for your new worktop. Alternatively, if you’re looking an an overhanging breakfast bar, steel legs are a great way of incorporating an industrial twist in your space.

Have you got a budget?

Are you looking at thicker worktops? Be sure you know that these will come with a higher price tag – this is due to the additional material and craftsmanship required to produce them. Keep in mind your budget when choosing the thickness of your worktops.

It’s your choice!

Choose your worktop thickness to align with your vision. It’s all down to your personal preference at the end of the day, the design and what elements you want to incorporate into your kitchen, they all play a significant role in the decision-making process.

Cawdor Stone Gallery are a division of the Cawdor Group, one of the UK’s leading natural stone providers. With over 30 years of experience, our highly qualified team have undertaken international projects of all sizes, providing high-quality materials and a comprehensive range of stone-related services to a range of projects. Contact us today for more info on our quartz, granite and porcelain surfaces.